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Digital Age Grandparent's Best Friend

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 6 August 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Not so very long ago, grandparents, relatives, and close friends who lived miles or continents apart had to be satisfied with phone calls to hear a voice and mailed photographs in order to see faces. Later, email was considered a miracle, where pictures could be attached so that we could enjoy still images of those beloved family members. Now, the next best thing to being physically with each other has arrived: Modern miracles like Skype (as seen here), Facetime, and others have come to the fore. Families with servicemen and women overseas, or grandparents, like Barbara and I, now can see and visit with our grandkids and talk to them "live." These new tools are truly a welcomed miracle to us.

Here, Barbara and I are having a wonderful conversation and live view with our daughter-in-law, Lyndsy and granddaughter, Aurora, who are 3,000 miles away in San Francisco. The little square box in the lower left-hand corner of the computer screen shows Barbara's face and yours truly taking the still shot.

OLYMPUS E-510 1/10 second F/3.9 ISO 400 23 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

OLYMPUS E-510
1/10 second
F/3.9
ISO 400
23 mm

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